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Latin name

 

Melierax canorus

Family

 

Birds of prey

Size

 

Length 46 - 54 cm

Weight

 

493g -1,2 kg

Colour

 

Mostly pale grey; belly white with fine, pale grey bars; in flight wings largely white, tips black; rump white, base of bill, legs and feet bright red.

Appearance

 

Dark chanting goshawk, but paler overall with pure white rump and much white in wings; African harrier hawk (gymnogene) has yellow bare parts, not red, and only one white band on tail.

Habitat

 

Desert to semi-desert and dry Karoo.